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Buck Meek - Ruby
Buck Meek - Ruby

Buck Meek - Ruby


Buck Meek, lead guitarist and founding member of Big Thief, just released his second single, "Ruby," off of his solo album which is set to be released in full on May 18. "Ruby" is a laid back alt-folk track that is filled to the brim with country-influenced guitar and charming lyrics. This two minutes and thirty three seconds is that small blip in time with a lover that seems to feel infinite. Buck Meek stretches this moment by guessing names, noticing lights left on, tasting strange Coca-Cola and having sudden existential thoughts, "Ruby, I'm too young to die." This song explores every corner of a moment, leaving no stone unturned, allowing us to be there with him (and Ruby) completely. Buck Meek is already a much-loved member of Big Thief but is proving to be a true force on his own, and we cannot wait to be submerged in the rest of his story. 

Nicole Rodriguez on March 29, 2018
Darlingside - Eschaton

Darlingside - Eschaton


Folk-rock quartet Darlingside have enjoyed astronomical success in the UK since their 2016 release Birds Say. “Eschaton,” the band’s single from their recently released sophomore album entitled Extralife, meanders away from their bleary-eyed first release and explores a more electric sound. Campy synth sounds and electric guitars accompany Darlingside’s quintessential organic vocal harmony.

Kaycie Satterfield on March 28, 2018
Major Murphy - One Day

Major Murphy - One Day


Michigan trio Major Murphy delivered their latest single with a slow, Sunday morning ease. Riddled with nostalgic vibes and a sunny disposition, "One Day" is a song that's not hard to love. While easy on the ears, "One Day" talks about the hardship of being separated from your lover. While the distance is separating these two for a day, it doesn't mean the romance has to die. "Baby, it’s just a single day, yeah/ Feelin' so far away, yeah/ Believe me/ You, all that I wanna see yeah/ Every part of me, yeah." With the sounds of The Kooks meeting Father John Misty's "Real Love Baby," this song's simple instrumentation matches perfectly with it's dreamy vocals and sweet lyrics. Somehow, without being cheesy, Major Murphy found a way to craft a song that can put you in your feels without letting you get too upset about it.

Dara Bankole on March 27, 2018
MARMALAKES - New Sweden

MARMALAKES - New Sweden


MARMALAKES, an Austin-based rock-pop duo that infuses folky influences are “really nice guys” (Sonicbids). And their music is really nice, too. “New Sweden," a single off of their full-length debut album Please Don’t Stop, is just a taste of what’s to come. Childhood friends Chase Weinacht (guitarist/writer) and Josh Halpern (drummer/producer) are able to capture the youthful energy of that time and make those nostalgic feelings warm, welcoming and close. And their local ties to Austin make those emotions even more palpable. “New Sweden” sounds like a homecoming of sorts, even though they’re poised to journey far and wide. Keep an eye out for Please Don’t Stop, out May 11 via Austin Town Records.

Natasha Cucullo on March 27, 2018
Jens Kuross - I Only Ever Loved Your Ghost

Jens Kuross - I Only Ever Loved Your Ghost


Exquisitely sad and quietly compelling, “I Only Ever Loved Your Ghost” is stripped down bare and wrapped in static. “Just like eclipses love the sun left unexposed/ I only ever loved your ghost,” the LA-based songwriter Jens Kuross whispers. Isn’t it the way, to love a smiling, porcelain version of a person only to realize that they are uncomfortable on the pedestal they stand on in our minds. Kuross sings, “I can’t face the face I asked you not to show,” meaning, their true face. This is first song off of Kuross’ three-part project entitled Art! At The Expense Of Mental Health – Vol. 1 set to release throughout the year.

Kaycie Satterfield on March 26, 2018
Sharaya Summers - Easy Life

Sharaya Summers - Easy Life


Los Angeles-via-Portland singer-songwriter Sharaya Summers is hyperaware of the suffering going on around her, and feels it all to the core. In her newest single "Easy Life," Summers sings about being handed a good life, but being so burdened by the pain of others. This is a song of empathy, even tinged with a bit of guilt. With influence pouring out from Laurel Canyon songwriting, along with dreamy guitars and reverb-drenched vocals, "Easy Life" is an unmistakably easy listen. But underneath these layers, there is a subtext of desperation and disillusionment. Summers sings, “Tell me to believe that there's meaning/ That it all works out in the end." As she makes this plea, Sharaya Summers still manages to deliver a glimpse of hope. Be on the lookout for her EP set to be released later this year. 

Nicole Rodriguez on March 26, 2018
Dear Nora - Sunset on Humanity

Dear Nora - Sunset on Humanity


Dear Nora, the songwriting vehicle of California-based musician Katy Davidson, has garnered an eager new cohort of listeners following last year’s rerelease of Mountain Rock. The 2004 album, which spoke of the burgeoning Iraq War, breakups, college friendships and ecological disaster, has resonated in a time where things have once again become uncertain. 

Almost twelve years after their last record, Dear Nora returns with the charming yet compact “Sunset on Humanity.” Treading the same subject matter as Father John Misty’s “Total Entertainment Forever,” the song meditates on virtual reality and the implications of being seduced by a world “sponsored by PT Cruiser.” Despite Dear Nora’s decade-long hiatus, Davidson’s characteristic youthful lilt hasn’t changed, and neither has their ability to describe spaces with an effortless efficiency and humour. For Dear Nora fans seeking comfort in an increasingly bizarre time, this long-awaited return comes as a welcome relief. 

“Sunset On Humanity” is from Dear Nora’s upcoming album, Skulls Example, which releases May 25 on Orindal Records. 

James Liance on March 23, 2018
Benjamin Lazar Davis - Right Direction

Benjamin Lazar Davis - Right Direction


We like Benjamin Lazar Davis. Quite simply, he makes good music. "Right Direction," the next release off of his debut solo album, is another introspective piece. Written from the point of view of a friend that has "trouble finding a life-long passion" and "desires to work hard but doesn't have an outlet for all that pent up energy," David and Kimbra Johnson create a narrative that's honest and vulnerable. If you've ever felt lost in where you're going, what you're doing, or in what the future will hold, this piece is a reminder that we all go through these moments of uncertainty. And again, Davis reminds us that all will be okay. 

Natasha Cucullo on March 23, 2018
Alex Lleo - Bedroom Door

Alex Lleo - Bedroom Door


Alex Lleo incorporates the fragility of live performance into his poignant debut single “Bedroom Door.” Orchestrated with brass and strings, Lleo’s bittersweet lyric descends over the arrangement with the ache of goodbye. The entire song was recorded live in one take, giving it a particular intimate charm. You can curl up with Alex Lleo’s EP, Park Studios, on April 20. Until then, enjoy “Bedroom Door.”

Kaycie Satterfield on March 22, 2018
Amen Dunes - Believe

Amen Dunes - Believe


In this weighty six-minute slow burner, Amen Dunes aka singer-songwriter Damon McMahon reckons with his mother’s mortality. Written in the wake of a terminal cancer diagnosis, “Believe” takes place as a dialogue between the past and the frightening present.

“I can feel it in the air tonight/ summer’s almost done,” McMahon rues to a desert psych-rock groove. As the jostling arrangement unfurls and his voice hones in, one could imagine that with every line McMahon is somehow becoming lighter.

Amen Dunes’ new album, Freedom, is out March 30.

James Liance on March 22, 2018
Belle Mare - Liars

Belle Mare - Liars


There aren’t many pop musicians that could forgo a chorus, change the chord progression mid-song, maintain a lyrical sense of melancholy and emerge in a shimmering, synth-backed guitar solo that makes you want to dance in your bedroom. Most pop musicians aren’t Belle Mare, though, and “Liars” is the clearest sense yet of the band’s expansive soundscape. Their newest single lies at the unusual intersection of summer anthem and pensive reflection that is so rarely explored by bands not named Passion Pit. You might be hooked by the glimmering breadth of guitars, but you’ll stay for lead-singer Amelia Bushell’s candid detachment. Keep an eye out for the duo’s forthcoming release (date TBA).

Matt Megan on March 21, 2018

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